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Points to Ponder: God is on high forevermore
Points to Ponder
God is on high forevermore
Do you ever feel weighted down or crushed? The criticisms of those who don't understand your work, the betrayal of those who you thought you could trust, the general hurt of feeling left alone when you have tried to do what's right--it feels like a knife has been stuck in your heart, doesn't it?
In a society that has been putting God out of its institutions, schools, government and elsewhere, you may find increasing pressure against you because of your faith. It's even worse when you experience negative and even nasty opposition from people who claim to be Christians. Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount that your righteousness must exceed that of the outwardly religious. And that kind of righteousness, a heart-felt, died-to-self devotion to Christ and His Word will get you into hot spots you could have never gotten into on your own.
Psalm 92:8 assures us that no matter how high the odds seem to be stacked against us, God will always prevail. The psalmist writes: "But You, Lord, are on high forevermore; for behold Your enemies, O Lord. For behold, Your enemies shall perish. All the workers of iniquity shall perish. All the workers of iniquity shall be scattered."
How many times have enemies arisen in your workplace, your neighborhood, and even in your church or your family. Where is God in all of this? Where He's always been: on high forevermore. Always, He is in charge.
It may appear that God is losing the war. Or worse, that He hasn't even shown up yet. But Jesus made a promise to you in Matthew 28:20: "I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Claim that promise today. A struggle for God is a struggle alongside of God.
For 15 years, a parishioner of mine suffered a debilitating disease that eventually confined her to bed. The simplest movements like sitting up or eating and drinking was a monumental effort. This very strong and fiercely independent woman, only in her 60's, was completely dependent on nurses, aides, and family to do everything for her.
I came to appreciate the simple movements of just walking into and out of her room, for she would never do that again.
During one visit, I'd asked her what she wanted me to pray for. She said, "my attitude." She knew that the one thing she could do was be a witness to her roommates and the staff. She could no longer control her body, but her attitude was still under her command.
At her funeral, upon relaying this story, a nurse came forward and testified that indeed this suffering woman was a witness to her. She knew it was Jesus Christ who gave her strength and courage. Like with Paul's thorn in the flesh, it's in weakness that God's presence is strongest.
You may never suffer like this, but be sure that whether it's a serious injury or ravaging disease, or something as simple as a bad day, people are watching YOU. The witness of attitude is everything. Sometimes, it's not winning the struggle that counts. It's usually how we lose that preaches the best message. For it's usually at the bottom of ourselves that we draw closest to God. Whatever it is that's knocked you down, just reach out and grab the hand that has been stretched out toward you all along.
This column can be found on the web at: www.fumcl.org. Pastor Whitmore is not affiliated with Picket News, nor does he submit material directly to our publication. We regularly reprint interesting articles found at his public web site and encourage all readers to visit for similar material.
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